RIP VAN WINKLE by Robert Planquette, based on the short story by Washington Irving
Gothic Opera (Hoxton Hall, London, UK)
Directed by Evangeline Cullingworth
Conducted by Robin Wallington
Set and Costume Design by Elliott Squire
Costume Supervision & Assistant Design by Isabel Southey
Lighting Design by Catja Hamilton
Photography by Craig Fuller
"Performing a European work set in colonial times faces acknowledging the unmentioned injustices of the conquest. Designer Elliott Squire subtly referenced this by depicting the natural world suddenly overturned by the presence of those who decided to take it, adding a layer of appropriate darkness."
"Decorating the stage and downstairs hall with rushes and trees and providing cabaret tables helps create an immersive design among which the action and actors flow. Elliott Squire’s costumes and set as well as Catja Hamilton’s lighting raise this production to another level, folding us into the playful nature of the work and its rural setting."
"Designer Elliott Squire has created a superb ambience in the old hall too, mixing the natural and dramatic surroundings of the Catskill mountains with elements of the settlers’ encroachments and attempts to tame their new country."